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Case-bearing Clothes Moth

Scientific Name
Tinea pellionella
Scientific Author
Linnaeus, 1758
Taxonomy
(Lepidoptera: Tineidae: Tineinae)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
Status
NZ - Exotic
Reliability
High
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Tinea penllionella
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Justin C. Smith Ministry for Primary Industries
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Diagnostic Notes
Adult

Forewing shining, ochreous brown, strongly suffused with dark brown scales; discocellular, discal and plical spots dark brown. Hindwing glossy, pale greyish brown. Head with a tuft of brown scales; thorax brown; abdomen greyish brown; antennae simple, filiform.

Egg

Oval, with conspicuous longitudinal ridges; the surface covered with fine reticulation which is often only visible in the empty shell; laid singly on fabrics, etc.

Larva

Head reddish brown, margins and adfrontal areas often darker; a single oeellus on each side; body white; peritreme of spiracles pale brown; pinacula concolorous with integument, inconspicuous; prothoracic plate dark brown with paler maculation; anal plate concolorous with integument; thoracic legs marked with pale brown. In a fusiform, dorsoventrally flattened case constructed of silk and food particles.

Pupa

Yellowish brown; abdominal segments 4-8 each with a transverse dorsal band of small spines; 9th abdominal segment with a small dorsal protuberance bearing a few small spines; 10th abdominal segment with a small lateral conical projection on each side.

References

- Carter, D.J. (1984). Pest Lepidoptera of Europe with special reference to the British Isles. In: Spencer, K.A. (ed.), Series Entomologica 31. Dr. W. Junk Publishers, Dordrecht, 431 pp.

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Specimen Contact
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Author
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Created
29/07/2011 07:32 AEST
Last Updated
05/05/2014 23:51 AEST
Citation
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2011) Case-bearing Clothes Moth (Tinea pellionella) Updated on 5/5/2014 11:51:52 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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